The Boston Bruins were fully expecting to head up to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs with a full bill of health. Even though they were coming off a loss on Thursday, the B's are starting to score some goals.
Arguably, they suffered the biggest blow that they could endure from a player standpoint--they lost their captain.
Zdeno Chara suffered a knee injury on Thursday against the New York Islanders, and will be sidelined for about 4-6 weeks. Thankfully, no surgery is required, but this could be a blessing in disguise. The team would rather have him healthy come playoff time. With the heavy load he picks up during the spring, this could help out his chums in the long run.
Regardless, the B's had to move on in the aggregate. They recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman to try and fill the void. This injury will force the Bruins to step up and play harder.
As previously mentioned, they were in action on Saturday night against the Leafs, a team that is struggling yet again. Why not take advantage, right?
Tuukka Rask was back in net for the Black and Gold
The first half of the game was difficult for Boston. The Leafs actually held their own and certainly were playing off the home crowd in Toronto to keep them in the game. The Leafs got their chances, but Rask proved why he is in the hunt for a second Vezina Trophy this year--he made 32 saves on 33 shots for the Bruins.
As for the offense, it picked up in the latter half of the second period and into the third period. The team had four different goal scorers, so that is something that the Bruins can build off of going forward. See, everyone is picking up the slack and it started on this night. In what has become an emotional time for the country of Canada, we all can expect that the Bruins took this 4-1 victory with a heavy heart on Saturday.
The Bruins will play their next game on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild.
Gold Star: Dougie Hamilton...This is his defensive core now. With his three-point night, he is quickly being thrust into a dependable player.
Black Star: Simon Gagne...Not the best game he has had since arriving here, but he needs to have a quick memory.
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